Guest Picks: Bite-Size Plates for Noshing
Smaller tastes can be so satisfying after a season of holiday feasts — and these mini dishes will sate your appetite for less
The thing I hate the most is committing to one entrée at a meal. I prefer to have a taste of everything (from everyone). Appetizers and small dishes of all kinds (think tapas, izakaya snacks, sushi and dim sum) are my absolute favorite things to eat. This collection of dishes is perfect for pieces, slices and bites of all the yummy food you can dream up for a dinner party. — Mariko from The Little Foodie
These cute bowls are great for dipping sauces or round appetizer snacks. Sometimes I prefer a bowl so that food doesn't go rolling away.
I love these small plates. The cloudy green and just-right-for-your-hand size make me melt.
I want to cook up something molecular just to show off this unusual plate.
Cute appetizer-sized portions could fit on these plates. I'm imagining a single bruschetta or a piece of tempura — something easy to hold and easy to eat.
These are the individual sushi plates of my dreams. They come complete with a dunking space so that you don't have to worry about extra pieces. I also appreciate the clothespin chopsticks for guests.
I am in love with this deep blue sushi platter. One piece that doesn't match all of the others can make a statement on the serving table.
Bamboo comes across as such a humble material, but the simple geometric design of this square platter becomes a star.
I appreciate smart design, and the easy-to-grab lip on this cheesecloth-textured serving platter is genius.
Natural patterns in this slab double as a cool spot for fresh veggies or cold appetizers.
This is a beautiful way to show off a slice of cake. It's not distracting and still unique. Plus, it's big enough to hold all of the bites I want.
These chalkboard trays have been popping up in the DIY circuit lately. I think they'd be so fun for a cheese platter. I could just label all the exotic cheeses instead of repeating myself all night long.
I have a thing for pieces that are handmade. These are completely flat and are slightly reminiscent of lace. I want some macaroons or other holiday cookies to tower up on a plate like this.
How do you get cute and industrial in the same look? Galvanized metal pedestals for the cutest desserts on earth. Some height changes are great for making the star attraction stand out.
There can never be too many chevron designs. This three-piece puzzle tray would be complete with some xiao long bao (soup dumplings).
I can't believe this is the first I'm hearing about these agate plates. This is child wonder captured in a dish.
I struggle with plastic plates — I hate the idea of throwing them away, and I hate the way they look. The convenience, however, is a factor. These arch plastic plates are very stylish and can be washed for a few uses. Plus, they come in a set of 50, making locating and storing plates for all your dinner guests much, much easier.
This beautiful set of bowls adds so much color and intrigue. The colors could complement whatever you're serving.
I really have a love for lids —anything to get the saran wrap off the table. This print is classic, and I would love to serve samosas in this dish.
I give big points to a restaurant for giving me an amuse-bouche. This spoon set is perfect for a slurp of deliciousness.
Ideabook published on Dec. 22, 2012.
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